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ELLA BAKER DIED

On December 13, 1986: Civil Rights activist Ella Baker, who worked behind-the-scenes for the NAACP, SCLC, and SNCC, and whose career spanned five decades, died on her 83rd birthday in New York City. She is considered one of the most influential women in the civil rights movement.

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THE ULTIMATE NYC RIDE

On December 13, 1989: Rich Temple, Phil Vanner, and Tom Murphy completed the Subway Challenge, by navigating the entire New York City subway system – all 466 stations –  in under 30 hours.

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE

On December 13, 1957: Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn. Currently starring in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Buscemi has had a long and varied career in film. Buscemi has notably held famous roles in iconic films such as Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, and The Big Lebowski.